Capella

The Central Highlands town is set against a backdrop of the Peak Ranges, ancient volcanic godly figures that seem to stare down on the community and the sapphire fields beyond. For the best view in town head to Peak Range Lookout, which is 1km south of Capella itself. There are two popular walks for visitors. Hit Peak Downs Street for a stroll through town and past 30 wall and light pole murals commemorating interesting parts of the community’s history. Did you know that placing emu plumes in the Australian Light Horse Brigade hats in World War I began in Capella?

The second walk is a must for bird watchers. Tramp east along beautiful Capella Creek and count how many species call the towering trees home. Cool off at the Capella Aquatic Centre’s wading pool, plunge pool and shallow pool. It’s also a great place to have lunch on the free electric barbeques or in the café. Take the time to explore history before you leave.

The Capella Pioneer Village is at the north end of the main street and includes more than 5,000 items from the town’s settler, wool, railway and wartime history. The star of the Village is the Peak Downs homestead, Australia’s largest restored shingle roofed station. Local spotted gum trees were pit sawn to create the homestead back in 1869. It remains a tribute to 19th century carpentry.